Burn Notice

Season 5 Episode 5

Square One

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 21, 2011 on USA
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Episode Summary

Michael takes part in a CIA murder investigation. Elsewhere, the team helps a former Army sniper who's looking to avenge his sister's injury.

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    "Square One" is yet another strong episode of Burn Notice. This show really has been having a good season thus far and has established itself once again as one of TV's best dramas.

    They also introduced a new and sexy female counterpart for Michael, something the show has done well in the past with Moon Bloodgood and Tricia Helfer and it seems like they have done it again.

    They also ended with yet another cliffhanger. Tonight they teased the idea of there being a "Michael impostor" something ripped right from a soap opera. Could be interesting and knowing this show the payoff will probably be good. I'm intrigued with where this goes, but even the standalone case they took this week was really good tonight.moreless
Andrew Davoli

Andrew Davoli

Brad Ramsey

Guest Star

Orlando Espinosa

Orlando Espinosa

Bodega Clerk

Guest Star

Garett Nadrich

Garett Nadrich

Auction Guest

Guest Star

Lauren Stamile

Lauren Stamile

Agent Pearce

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Madeline: How many years of training did it take before you learned to curb your anger, Michael? The man you are today is not the boy who left home. You were a scared kid when you left. You were angry at the world. You were angry at everything.
      Michael: I've seen loved ones get hurt. I've never plotted to kill anyone in cold blood.
      Madeline: (smiles) Your mother raised you better than that. Someone has to teach him, Michael.

    • Michael: (voice-over) In certain neighborhoods, posing as a dirty cop is a great way to confiscate information. It gives you the authority that comes with a badge and invokes the fear that comes with being a criminal.

    • Ethan: (about the stakeout) In Afghanistan, things were a lot simpler, you know? You get your orders, you get your bullets, take your shot.
      Michael: Who do you think gets the intel to tell you where to point your rifle and take that shot? A spy sitting in a car all day.

    • Michael: Am I a suspect?
      Pearce: To be honest, when I heard a burned spy was mixed up with Max, my first instinct was to fit you for a head bag.
      Michael: I appreciate your restraint.

    • Michael: (voice-over) A soldier on a battlefield would never dream of intentionally putting a dangerous weapon in the hands of an enemy. But as a spy, sometimes the only way to solve a problem is trusting a bad guy to do what comes naturally. And if you help with the plan, you know exactly how to make them fail.

    • Michael: (voice-over) For a spy, revenge is a dish that is rarely served at all. The mission and objectives always take priority over personal satisfaction. But if conning a scam artist into burning everything he's worked his whole life to build serves that mission, it's hard not to take a little joy watching it all go up in flames.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Protecting a target form a bullet sometimes means taking a few shots at them yourself. A near miss puts the target on their guard and keeps the real gunman at bay. But you can never predict how someone is going to react to a bullet whizzing by their head.

    • Michael: (voice-over) When bugging a watch, it's better to use a good-looking knock-off than its authentic counterpart; and not just because it's easier on your wallet. The insides of a fake time piece are usually smaller and simpler, leaving more room to hide a listening device. As long as your target isn't a watch connoisseur, zinc alloy and cubic zirconia are a great way of saying "let's be friends".

    • Michael: (voice-over) Jealousy is a delicate emotion. Show someone what they can't have and they'll just resent you. Give it to them too easy and they won't appreciate it. The key is allowing them just enough of a taste so all they want is more.

    • Michael: (voice-over) People tend to think spies are motivated by love of the game, desire for adventure or patriotic fervor. The truth though, is that you don't choose a life as a covert operative unless something deeper is going on beneath the surface. Something more personal, something harder to explain and something a lot more painful.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Whether you're kidnapping a ruthless dictator in a foreign country or snatching an abusive boyfriend off the street, it's best not to leave a mess behind. Using your target's own car as a getaway vehicle keeps neighbors from asking about the missing owner. Plus you don't have to pay for gas.

    • Michael: (voice-over) Whether you are operating out of a war room in Langley or commandeering a hotel in South Beach, all CIA investigations work the same. Because analysts are tied directly into federal and local databases they have information at their fingertips. What they don't have is a magic button that tells them what is a real lead and what is a dead-end. That takes boots on the ground, eyeballs on the screen and lots and lots of coffee.

    • Michael: (voice-over) As a spy you are in the information business. Stealing, protecting it and if you have to, destroying it. Some secrets are so dangerous that you can't allow them to continue to exist. A murder weapon that implicates you in a crime that you did not commit for example, is a secret best kept with 4000 degrees Thermite.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 12, 2011 on Super Channel 1
      Australia: January 18, 2012 on ONE
      United Kingdom: August 13, 2012 on FX/FX HD